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AFI Fest: 'Land and Shade,' 'Boys' win top awards

Cesar Augusto Acevedo’s “Land and Shade,” a film about an aging farmer who returns to the fields he once toiled that are now affected by industrial development, and Isabella Carbonell’s short film “Boys” were among the winners at this year’s AFI Fest, festival organizers have announced. The festival began on Nov. 5 and ends Thursday night with a gala screening of "The Big Short."

“Land and Shade” received the New Auteurs Grand Jury Award, while “Boys,” about a home for wayward youth, won the Grand Jury Award for Live Action Short.  

The New Auteurs jury was composed of Inkoo Kang of the Wrap, Sheri Linden of the Hollywood Reporter and Nigel M. Smith of the Guardian. In recognizing “Land and Shade,” they highlighted the film's “visual eloquence, formal rigor and emotional power.”

“Its observations of economic exploitation and environmental degradation are as incisive as its characters are fully realized,” the jury said. “Writer director Cesar Augusto Acevedo’s debut feature is an indelible portrait of a family in rural Colombia, told with unwavering compassion and Bressonian grace.”

The jury also gave special recognition to Alice Winocour’s “Disorder” for direction and Lorenzo Vigas’ “Desde Alla” for screenplay.

Judging the festival’s short films were filmmaker Janicza Bravo, producer Keith Calder and the British Film Commission’s Tara Halloran. They awarded Don Hertzfeldt’s “World of Tomorrow” with the Grand Jury Award for Animated Short.

The full list of winners is below:

New Auteurs Grand Jury Award: “Land and Shade”

Special Jury Mention for Direction: “Disorder”

Special Jury Mention for Screenplay: “Desde Alla”

Grand Jury Award for Live Action Short: “Boys”

Grand Jury Award for Animated Short: “World of Tomorrow”

Live Action Short Special Mention for Innovative Storytelling: “Rate Me”

Live Action Short Special Mention for Nonfiction Filmmaking: The Reagan Shorts

Animated Short Special Jury Mention for Screenwriting: “Teeth”

Animated Short Special Jury Mention for Creative Vision: “Manoman”

World Cinema Audience Award: “Landfill Harmonic”

New Auteurs Audience Award: “Mustang”

American Independents Audience Award: “James White”

Breakthrough Audience Award: “Ma”

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